Meryl O’Rourke : Bad Mother

3 Stars ***

I must confess to being unaware of Meryl O’Rourke prior to seeing her show so obviously went in with no preconceptions.

Starting brightly in the early for comedy slot of 14:45, and playing to a packed crowd to boot after the opening banter with the crowd Ms O’Rourke is off into her set, which is another ‘the story of my life so far’ show.

Of Irish and Jewish stock the versatile comic has a different method of displaying her photos, clothes pegs on a cloths horse no less, no doubt in recognition of her show title.

The self deprecating references to her life during her twenties leading to marriage and a family in her thirties were funny but not ground breaking and for most of the hour she managed to illicit laughter from all corners, yet seldom drew the belly laugh.

She is a bubbly personality, has great stage presence and certainly is a performer I’d like to see again.

However for a nice way to ease yourself into the Fringe day then this could be a good place to start.

Reviewed by Geoff

Underbelly Belly Dancer V 61

4 to 28 August

14:45 to 15:45

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